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The deal fell through because the seller, which I would name here but he might see it since he saw other comments I'd made about him causing me to losing the deal, got PO'd at me again for (as mentioned above) saying comments about how he screwed me out of the deal - which isn't and wasn't true.  It was my big stupid mouth that got me in trouble - and now, even though I can't afford it (I'm on both Social Security & Disability because I'm disabled with Cerebral Palsy and Hydrocephalus), I'm having to go the E-bay, Reverb and any other drum outlet way to buy the drums now.  I'm highly upset and angered even though this was my fault.  I'm a friend of Donna's (Ron's wife) on FB and I apologized to her for the comments - even though I don't know if she saw them or not. 

So, for now, my dream of having a replica Ron Tutt kit remains just that - a dream.   >:( :(  :'(

I wanted that kit so bad - and I still want that kit but - I know that the person who was selling it definitely won't sell it to me at all now - and that hurts.  But, you reap what you sow.....and I sowed bitterness and anger - and that's what I got in return.  :(

Another friend of mine, Brad Swiger of Texas, also has a very accurate "KING-TUTT" tribute drum kit - right down to the cymbals!!!

I don't know if he's a member here or not but I'll show you what I, myself, am hoping to accomplish if the Lord allows me to live long enough to do so.  This is Brad's "King Tutt" tribute kit.  Since I live at home due to my disability (and I've been made fun of in the past because I do live with my parents and I'm 40 years old - but, I'm not able to be on my own.  Anyway, I didn't mean to turn this into a sob story about me. 

Here are pictures of what I hope to accomplish within the next couple of years (remember, this is Brad's kit - not mine).

General Board / Re: Tips on practicing?
« Last post by Bart Elliott on June 30, 2016, 05:59 PM »
Hi Kristi,

First, welcome to the Drummer Cafe ... and second ... great question!

I personally don't agree with Chip's suggestion because without purpose and vision all we do is just jam on the instrument. Jamming is good, but if we want to grow as musicians and actually get better at something, we need to do more than just sit down and play everyday.

It is important to first set goals to understand what it is we want/need to practice and how we will go about achieving those wants/needs, as well as adapt a method of practicing that works for each of us. We are each unique individuals, so it is not one method or process fits all.

I go into great detail about all of this in two articles I've written here at Drummer Cafe (see links below).

The Art of Effective Practice

Desperately Seeking Motivation - 16 Steps for Inspiration

Hope this helps! Please feel free to ask any follow up questions after you read the two articles.

General Board / Re: Tips on practicing?
« Last post by Chip Donaho on June 27, 2016, 02:55 PM »
Practice is the only way to learn and advance your playing. Just go play for the love of it. It doesn't matter to anyone but you. No one can do it for you. I warm up by just playing.  ;)
General Board / Tips on practicing?
« Last post by Kristi Nguyen on June 26, 2016, 11:24 PM »
Hello, I play in marching band and jazz band. I enjoy drumming, but find it hard to practice. Once I start practicing, I enjoy playing, but it's always that first step that is super hard for me. Any tips on motivation to practice?
Congrats on the drum kit!

1. I would not alter the drums in any way that would change their current state. You can mount the tom tom or concert tom in a variety of ways. If the kick drum has a tom holder or a way to receive a "pole" you can mount the 12" concert tom that way.

2. There are a lot of products on the market designed to dampen kick/bass drums. It all depends on the sound you are going for. Some drumheads come with their own dampening material as well.

3. Tuning a drum based on what you are hearing on a record is tricky because the recorded sound is processed. What you hear is a sound that has been altered electronically ... not to mention drumhead selection, dampening material, microphone selection, pre-amp selection, room acoustics, etc.

Ron Tutt is an acquaintance of mine here in Nashville. It would be interesting to ask him his thoughts on some of your questions.
Hey, ya'll!!!

I recently got the amazing opportunity to (over the next six months, at the least) purchase a Ludwig Ronnie Tutt "tribute" double-bass drum kit for the astounding price of $650.00 & the seller is going to let me pay him for the kit in monthly payments of $100!  I'm blown away because I've always wanted one of these kits but never had the money or knew how to put a kit like this together - and this one basically falls in my lap a few nights ago during a chat with the guy who formerly owned the kit!!!

I say "tribute" because the kit has been put together in a way that resembles Tutt's blue sparkle Ludwigs from 1971-1973 (the actual kit can be seen in the documentary, "Elvis On Tour" & the 1973 television special, "Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii." 

I have some questions regarding the kit and drum stuff in general. 

1.  In 1972, Ronnie began putting the 12" concert tom on a metal pole that went through the kick drum.  I'd like to replica the same thing - is this difficult to accomplish?

2.  Since I can't find out what those blue bass drum "dampers" were that he had in his kit in 1972/1973, are those foam eggshell things good for placing inside the kick drums to deaden the sound?

3.  This last question is in regards to drum tuning.  Is it or will it be possible to get close to the drum tones that Ronnie got from his original kit in '72?

General Board / Re: Heel-Up Drum Pedal
« Last post by Bart Elliott on May 27, 2016, 12:04 PM »
Your survey could a few more choices to better gain insight into what drummers are using technique wise. One such suggestion is to allow people, like myself, the ability to say that we employ both heel up and heel down techniques.
General Board / Designing of a portable electronic drumming device
« Last post by Tom Carter on May 25, 2016, 06:13 AM »
Hi, I'm looking into designing an electronic drum pad which would allow users to create drum beats on the move, e.g. on a bus, plane, train, etc. I am looking for some input as to what other drummers think of this idea.

 Please fill in the survey if you have the time :)

 My initial idea is 2 devices which sit on either thigh and consist of 6 fairly small pads on each device. Each pads corresponds to an instrument. I'm not sure about you but I'm always tapping my thighs when listening to music on the move, so I thought these pads would be activated by the tapping of the hand or fingers as a standard electronic drum kit does with sticks. Using a headphone port the sounds can be listened to and possibly the use of Bluetooth and an app would be another option. the app could also allow you to assign any instrument you want to any pad. They would fold up and be easily stored in a bag.

 Any input would be helpful, thanks.

 Tom :)
General Board / Heel-Up Drum Pedal
« Last post by Tom Carter on May 25, 2016, 06:11 AM »
Hi, I'm considering designing and developing a prototype for a bass pedal which will make drumming with the heel-up technique more comfortable.

 If you're interested then can you fill out my survey please :) Or just post any comments on this thread.

 Cheers, Tom
General Board / Wise words from Dennis Chambers
« Last post by Bart Elliott on May 09, 2016, 08:49 AM »
Dennis Chambers shares some of his thoughts about young players today, playing with other musicians, and making music.

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